With a background in people, places and design processes, I get most fired up by creating the connections between creative people and opportunities.
I co-founded Creative Dundee in 2008 to amplify and connect talent, brought Pecha Kucha Nights to my home city and led the development of crowd platform, We Dundee. Creative Dundee supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity. Working locally, nationally and internationally, Creative Dundee has an active digital platform, events programme and works in partnership with others to support the city’s strong creative scene. I’m part of the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design team in Dundee – look out for the first Dundee Design Festival in May 2016, and with a great interest in the future of collective working for the creative and cultural sectors, I am part of British Council’s UK Hubs Steering Group.
Having worked on innovation projects with organisations including: National Galleries of Scotland, V&A Museum of Design Dundee, Glasgow School of Art and British Council. I have spoken at a number of international conferences and have collaborated with a number of amazing individuals on a wide range of projects.
As project manager with Nesta (2006-2013), I managed the creative enterprise portfolio including leading the development and roll-out of the Creative Enterprise Toolkit; an international Train the Trainer Programme; a Digital R&D Fund programme, enabling digital innovation in the cultural sector; Starter for 6 – a £1m Scotland-wide programme for innovative new creative businesses; and Rooted – an open resource aimed at community and social entrepreneurs in later life.
Originally studying 3D Design, I became interested in the process of design, rather than physical products. On graduating I worked in the areas of education, enterprise and employability for seven years – supporting people who were facing long term unemployment, young people at risk of dropping out of school and also delivered work based learning – using design and creativity as a way to engage.
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